A tradition is defined as the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., especially by word of mouth or by practice. Another definition is a continuing pattern of culture beliefs or practices.
When I came to Minnesota back in 2002, I had heard a lot of chatter about the MN State Fair. I honestly did not know what to think. Growing up in California, the fair was not a part of our culture. Sure we had the LA County Fair out in Pomona, which I went to once but was not really impressed with it.
So this tradition started in 2002, to go to the Minnesota State Fair. Some people have no use for the Fair because of the crowds and they see no purpose in the Fair. I beg to differ with them. I find the Fair to be a celebration of what Minnesota represents in many areas (although I do not agree with some of the performers at the Grandstand). It is a way for families to enjoy extended time together, trying some unusual and exotic foods, seeing some of the exhibits, etc. When I came to Minnesota, I was single when I started this tradition and it has carried over into our family’s life. I have been to the Fair every year except for 2006 when my mother was dying of cancer.
This year was especially enjoyable because we were there as a family for an extended period of time without any other encumberances on our time and because Joseph was old enough to enjoy some of the rides on the Kidway this year as well.
As you can see, he was really enjoying himself!
Here is another shot of him
He had a great time on the various rides, especially the ferris wheel! I think I had more fun watching him enjoy himself and some of these rides for the first time.
Here is another shot of him:
He was all worn out and decided to take a snooze in the wagon that we wisely brought! He slept while we traversed the fair. Many people commented on him sleeping or riding in the wagon.
Some of the things that we learned from the fair this year:
- Use the park and ride buses – we went to Bandana Square and rode to the Fair via the Park and Ride bus. Cost is free and it saved us a tremendous amount of time and hassle.
- Get a coupon book. We used one from a friend who had already gone to the Fair, it is well worth the price and there are a lot of good deals.
- Go early – there were over 200,000 people at the fair on Saturday… the earlier the better!
- Purchase advance tickets – we did not do this and it cost us on one ticket. The other ticket we bought for $9 from a fellow bus rider who had an extra ticket, so we saved $2 but could have saved $4.
We enjoy going to the Fair each year and even if we move away, we plan to return as we able to to enjoy the Minnesota State Fair, which by the way is one of the most popular State Fairs in the country!